The Careers Strategy encourages schools and colleges to gain a Quality in Careers Standard award. Careers Education and Guidance is also increasingly part of OFSTED criteria.
I offer consultation to Education providers to guide them through the criteria to ensure they pass.
The benchmarks are based on decades of good practice across the UK and beyond.
They are quite challenging in many ways, but with the right advice and support you can succeed.
Schools are now encouraged to undertake a Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS) assessment and obtain an award as evidence of being competent in delivering careers education.
Ofsted inspection criteria now includes more careers content and details of how students are being prepared for their future.
More information about Quality in Careers here.
Relevant CPD in careers education for school staff is now part of the QiCS assessment.
Training activities for staff can be offered depending on your location: careers leaders, subject directors, and other teaching staff, to ensure they are equipped to embed careers in the curriculum.
Seek support from those around you. Don't try to do everything yourself. Delegate certain tasks to those best-placed to complete them.
The careers leader role is a time-consuming one when done adequately. Let your line manager know if you don't have sufficient time to carry out the role.
Their website offers some useful tips and guidelines for the Gatsby Benchmarks. If you haven't already got one, they should be in the process of allocating an Enterprise Adviser to your school.
Although there is pressure to do things quickly, it is better to take a more planned-approach, especially when designing the Careers Programme. A job well done always requires sufficient time and effort.
This is essential for obtaining the full quality in careers standard awards. But even if you are not currently working towards an assessment, it will help you in your role if they are actively involved.
The National Standard for Careers Education and Guidance in the UK (see FAQ section).
Publish your careers programme on the school's website
Have a "provider access policy" on website
Get an active careers-linked governor
Don't rush the award - give it sufficient time
What career management skills should students be learning by participating in a planned careers education programme?
Click here to find out more.
Balancing a Careers Leader's role with all your other responsibilities is a challenging task.
Don't despair, help is at hand.
See "Tips for Careers Leaders" section.